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”MY MOST MEMORABLE MARATHON

FROM RUNNING AFTER BACK SURGERY, TO COMPETING IN INFEASIBLE FANCY DRESS, AND GAINING A GOOD FOR AGE PLACE AT LONDON, FIVE WOMEN SHARE THEIR MAGICAL MARATHON STORIES

”AFTER AN ANXIOUS WAIT, I FOUND OUT I WAS IN FACT GOING TO LONDON!”

Louise Baldwin, 39, from Aylesbury, achieved a Good For Age time at the 2015 White Peak Marathon

“The 2015 White Peak Marathon was my 14th marathon and also my most memorable one. What made this marathon in the beautiful Peak District’s granite hills special was that I achieved a Good For Age (GFA) time, meaning I automatically got a highly sought-after place in the following year’s London Marathon.

“I ran my first marathon in 2003 and, by October 2014, I’d gone from 4hrs 49mins to finally cracking four hours at Abingdon. It hadn’t been an easy journey with two babies and various calf, quad and Achilles injuries on the way: so many times I ran 4hrs 2mins, 4hrs 3mins, 4hrs 12mins, 4hrs 13mins and, at the Shakespeare Marathon, 4hrs 9secs – that was the closest and worst! I had no plans other than to try to beat my PB after achieving the sub-four. But that changed in January 2015 when I accidentally ran 3hrs 46mins in a marathon I’d only entered five days previously! As I was so close to the London GFA time of 3hrs 45mins, I made it my aim that spring to get a GFA place.

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Get fit quick with the September issue of Women’s Running, on sale now! We’ll help you find focus in your running with our four-week plans for mini running goals, from smashing out a parkrun PB to shifting a few pounds to trying your first triathlon. Bit pushed for time thanks to the kids? Our busy mums’ training guide will show you how to squeeze in a few runs - and we’ve got the lowdown on the best running buggies you can buy, too. Find out how to run well for life with our expert guide to running skills, and be inspired to try for a sub-three-hour marathon - our cover star Gemma Hockett believes anyone can do it! Find all this plus the usual advice, inspiration and kit reviews for trail and road.